Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday - Best Book of July

It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question: 

What's the best book you read this month?

I'm going to wait and do a more in-depth Book Love post on this book when it gets closer to its release date, but I can tell you right now that my favorite book of July was definitely Ditched by Robin Mellom.

This book doesn't come out until January 2012, but I was able to snag an egalley through NetGalley. (I got denied on NetGalley the first, oh, four times I requested it. But that didn't stop me! And finally someone at Hyperion must have felt bad for me and finally approved it.)

It tells the story of Justina's prom night, from her thrift store dress to getting ditched by her best friend, as she pieces it together for some random ladies in the 7-11 the next morning. Each stain on her dress tells a story from the night, so she takes the ladies stain by stain through her crazy evening and tries to figure out why her date left her behind.

I'd heard about this book being called The Hangover for teens or the YA book version of a John Hughes movie, and those descriptions are both right on. It's just fun and funny and sweet and adorable, and I stayed up all night reading it. I even woke up my husband once because I was laughing out loud so hard.

I didn't realize until I read this book how much I had been wanting to read something that was just FUNNY and CUTE. I've been reading a lot of heavier and darker stuff, and that's good and all, but I love to laugh, and, boy, did this book make me laugh.

Put it on your 2012 radar! Get an egalley from NetGalley! (If they approve you...) Watch this space for more Ditched book love!

What was the best book you read in July?


  1. I haven't even heard of this one, but it sounds adorable! I think the best book I read in July was The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, which I actually read for a YA lit class I'm taking for my language arts endorsement. SO GOOD.

  2. What a cute idea! Adding to my TBR list.

  3. Ooooo, I have this ARC. I am now bumping it up higher on my TBR :)

    I don't think I could choose my fave of July. Shatter Me is amazing, and so is Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

  4. You have SOLD me-- I can't wait to check it out!

  5. I am totally putting this on my radar! John Hughes mention? SOLD!

  6. That sounds super cute! Adding to TBR.

  7. This one sounds like all kinds of fun! Definitely adding it to my list. :)

  8. I read the blurb for this one and was immediately intrigued! I'm glad it lived up to that premise, and I can't wait to read it!

  9. I follow Robin's blog and I definitely want to read this one! Gotta love funny contemp YA. :)